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Happiness Advantage (10 Edition)


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ISBN13: 9780307591548
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Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world's leading expert on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 4 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University.


In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured or researched in 51 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, school children in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe. He has spoken to the Royal Family in Abu Dhabi, doctors at St. Jude Children's Hospital, and worked with the U.S. Department of Health to promote happiness. In 2012, Shawn helped lead the Everyday Matters campaign with the National MS Society and Genzyme to show how happiness remains a choice for those struggling with a chronic illness. 

Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. For seven years, Shawn also served as an Officer of Harvard, living in Harvard Yard and counseling students through the stresses of their first year. Though he now travels extensively for his work, Shawn continues to conduct original psychology research on happiness and organizational achievement in collaboration with Yale University and the Institute for Applied Positive Research.

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Arguing that happiness is the precursor to success and not the other way around, Achor, a lecturer and consultant who designed a positive psychology course at Harvard U., outlines seven principles of positive psychology that can raise happiness, thereby raising success at work. He draws from research in the field, in addition to research he conducted with Harvard students, to explain principles such as how to retrain the brain to capitalize on positivity, adjust mindsets to create the power to be more fulfilled, focus on small goals, find mental paths to lead out of failure and suffering, and invest in family, friends, and peers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that happiness fuels success, not the other way around. Achor isolates seven practical, actionable principles that show how to capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve performance and maximize potential.

About the Author

SHAWN ACHOR is one of the world’s leading experts on human potential, having researched and lectured in 42 countries working to bridge the gap between the science of happiness and performance in our everyday lives. Trained by some of the pioneers in the field of positive psychology, he helped design the famed “happiness” course, the most popular at Harvard at the time. He now serves as the founder and CEO of Aspirant, a research and consulting firm that uses positive psychology to enhance individual achievement and cultivate a more productive workplace. Achor’s lectures on the science of happiness and human potential have received attention in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal, and on CNN and NPR. Shawn Achor lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Liz in the City, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by Liz in the City)
Thankfully, this book is not "do these things and everything in your life will be wonderful and happy." In fact, the author says that having a Pollyanna attitude is exactly what he's warning against. Instead, Achor encourages the reader to make small changes in her/his life that will eventually change how s/he sees the world, and therefore, becomes happier for it. I, Ms. Cynic, started doing some of the things suggested (like thinking every morning of three things I'm grateful for), and while it's definitely not changed my outlook and life overnight, I think I'm becoming less stressed and more focused on what matters than on the niggling annoyances that have been slowly been overwhelming me for the past year. My suggestion: give the book a read. The worst that could happen is nothing and the best that could happen is, with the smallest of efforts, you feel a bit better. And this comes from someone who usually scoffs at "self-help" books.
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Achor, Shawn
Crown Business
General Business & Economics
Applied Psychology
Business Writing
psychology;happiness;business;non-fiction;personal development
psychology;happiness;business;non-fiction;personal development;management
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